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CN AB: Column: Marijuana And The Gospel

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The South Peace News, 14 Jan 2015 - We have heard a great outcry for the legalization of marijuana in the past few years. Even so-called experts such as our party leaders and doctors are getting on the bandwagon. Dr. Jurgen Rehm, director at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health states, "Canada's current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use."

CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Targeted By Mounties

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 16 Jan 2015 - RCMP lowered the boom on a new marijuana dispensary that was sailing under the radar in downtown Kelowna. Mounties raided the Kaya Clinic on Lawrence Avenue this week after receiving complaints the shop may be trafficking weed. They seized more than 12 pounds of dried marijuana and dozens of derivatives, including oils, hash, capsules, teas, honey, cookies and more.

US WA: Growers Struggle With A Plethora Of Pot

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Herald, 17 Jan 2015 - High Taxes and Not Enough Stores Is Creating an "Economic Nightmare" for Farmers. SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

US AK: Legislator Seeks Delay in Marijuana-Concentrates

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 17 Jan 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Homer legislator has proposed delaying regulations for marijuana concentrates to allow officials to focus this year on rules for the sale and growth of legalized pot and licensing of marijuana businesses. But Timothy Hinterberger, the chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Alaska, said the bill would "defy the will of the voters" and open the state to litigation, "which it would surely lose."

US CT: Board Rejects Marijuana To Treat Tourette's

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Register Citizen, 16 Jan 2015 - Tourette's disorder, which is actually a group of related syndromes, does not have a treatment that helps all patients, and medical marijuana would be a hopeful addition to the arsenal, according to a specialist at the Yale Child Study Center. Tourette's was turned down unanimously by the Department of Consumer Protection's four-member Board of Physicians at this week's meeting, however, largely because of a lack of studies, according to Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris.

UK: Drug Drivers Licked

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Daily Telegraph, 16 Jan 2015 - On-The-Spot Saliva Test for Cannabis and Cocaine Use Approved for Use by Police Police will be able to test drivers for drugs on the roadside after the first mobile checking device was approved. The "Drugwipe" can trace cocaine and cannabis in a saliva sample within three minutes. Drivers will be tested on the spot, rather than at a police station, meaning convictions are likely to soar as the device is increasingly adopted by forces. Mike Penning, the police minister, said chief constables would now be able to roll out the Securetec DrugWipe 3S after the technology was rubber-stamped by Home Office scientists. "Drug drivers are a deadly menace and must be stopped," said Mr Penning. "Those who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs not only put their own lives at risk, but also those of innocent pedestrians, motorists and their passengers." The test can detect cocaine and cannabis, the substances most commonly used by drug drivers. The manufacturers also produce a test for other drugs including heroin, amphetamine and Ecstasy, but this version has not yet won Home Office backing. A positive test will show red lines, similar to a pregnancy test.

US KS: Kansas Senator: Legalized Medical Marijuana Is

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Wichita Eagle, 16 Jan 2015 - Legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas is inevitable, Sen. David Haley told a crowd of about 30 supporters at a rally in the rotunda of the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. Haley, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, have introduced companion bills in the House and Senate, SB 9 and HB 2011, that would allow medicinal use of marijuana.

US NE: PUB: Faulty Drug Testing

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Lincoln Journal Star, 16 Jan 2015 - Mandatory and random drug testing in the workplace will still get you fired for trace amounts of cannabis. Unlike alcohol, where the the drug's effects are processed by the liver, THC hangs in there after the effects are gone. However, the testing cannot tell whether it is residual or freshly consumed. For example: I personally do not want to be working alongside an electrician working on live circuits, with him being stoned. Make sense? There is no way to tell in a test whether he is stoned or that the last time he smoked was days ago.

US IA: Obit: Iowa Man Who Fought to Use Marijuana Oil on Rare Cancer Dies

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 16 Jan 2015 - DAVENPORT,IOWA (AP) - An eastern Iowa man who was convicted late last year of growing marijuana that he used to treat his rare form of cancer has died. Benton Mackenzie, 49, died Monday at his home in Long Grove, near Davenport, his mother Dottie Mackenzie confirmed Tuesday.

US MI: State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Medical

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
The Oakland Press, 16 Jan 2015 - Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court spent Thursday morning listening to oral arguments in three medical marijuana cases that began in Oakland County. Up first was the case of Richard Hartwick, who was accused of illegally growing and possessing marijuana in September 2011 in Pontiac.

US IL: Editorial: Lift The Smokescreen On Pot Licenses

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 15 Jan 2015 - Gov. Pat Quinn created all sorts of mischief in his final days in office, but he got one thing right: He didn't sign off at the last minute on licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois. He left that to his successor, and his successor said Tuesday he's in no rush to act.

Israel: High Hopes Spur Cash Harvest For Green Leaf

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Jerusalem Post, 15 Jan 2015 - Pledge of Legal Marijuana Present Nets Party Nis 100,000 in Donations A promise of marijuana in the future in exchange for campaign donations today helped the Aleh Yarok ("Green Leaf") party net more than NIS 100,000 in donations this week.

US CA: Column: The Trouble With Edibles

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 14 Jan 2015 - THE TROUBLE WITH EDIBLES The scariest things to eat in America today seem to be cookies and chocolate bars. Fourteen children between the ages of 3 and 7 were admitted to the emergency room in Colorado last year after eating marijuana-laced goodies.

US NM: High Court Weighs Aerial Surveillance

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Jan 2015 - SANTA FE - The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of northern New Mexico man who claims his privacy rights were violated after a flyover prompted a ground search. That search turned up more than a dozen marijuana plants on his remote property.

US AK: Alaskans Attend 'Lessons Learned' Marijuana Conference

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 16 Jan 2015 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska law enforcement representatives and other public officials are in Colorado to learn how that state coped with legal recreational marijuana. More than 500 people from 38 states, including 40 Alaskans, are attending a conference titled, "Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety in Colorado." It's hosted by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

US OH: Pot Backers' Plan Includes Safety Tests

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 16 Jan 2015 - Backers of a prospective investment-based marijuana ballot issue said yesterday that they would set up five "testing centers" throughout Ohio to verify for consumers the chemical content of marijuana for sale for personal use. ResponsibleOhio said the testing program would end the uncertainty about dangerous drugs purchased on the black market.

US DC: FBI Files Tell How Agent Was Able To Get The Drugs

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 16 Jan 2015 - FBI agent Matthew Lowry checked out Item 1B4 from the evidence room at the bureau's Washington field office on an August morning in 2013. He wrote "to lab" on a log sheet to explain why he was taking drugs that had been seized in an undercover operation dubbed Midnight Hustle. But it was nearly a year later when he delivered the drug package to the lab. For 10 months, court records show, the heroin had gone unaccounted for and unmissed. When the package made it back to the FBI office in September, it weighed 1.1 grams more than when it had been seized.

US CA: Think The Kush Expo Means Pot Is Legal?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
Orange County Weekly, 15 Jan 2015 - You Must Be Ana-High! EVERY SUMMER FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, the Anaheim Convention Center, a swirly tower of concrete and blue-tinted glass, transforms itself into a mecca of marijuana. This magical event, the world's largest of its kind, lasts exactly two days and happens just across the street from the Disneyland Resort. It's called the Kush Expo.

CN NF: Marijuana Oil Advocate Still Hopes For Clinical Trials

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
The Telegram, 14 Jan 2015 - A St. John's man who is convinced marijuana oil cured his cancer is still hoping to convince health authorities to do informal clinical trials. In 2013 and 2014, The Telegram told the story of Paul Morrissey, now 66, who credits marijuana oil treatment with putting him on the mend from prostate cancer.

US CO: Column: Does The MED Track Recreational Sales?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
Westword, 15 Jan 2015 - Dear Stoner: DOES THE MED TRACK RECREATIONAL SALES? to customers? I've seen a few people online recently claiming it does, but I don't know what to believe anymore. I just don't want to be in some computer somewhere as a criminal because I buy a joint after work on Friday.